View Full Version : Theory on the 1/I usage

05-07-2013, 11:22 AM
I wonder if it has anything to do with typewriters not having a 1 on them years ago. I know that an l was normally used in place of the 1, but perhaps Studebaker did it differently. I have some paperwork from a Maryland dealer from 1962. They used an I in place of a 1 on the invoice.

05-07-2013, 01:29 PM
I discussed and explained the lack of a 1 (one) on earlier typewriters on this Forum some time ago (probably years). I and secretaries that I knew always used an l (lower case L) for a 1 (one). My father, born in 1902, always used the I (upper case i) for a 1 (one) when typing on his Model 01 IBM electric typewriter.

I think that die sets were kept to the minimum number necessary for the job at hand. If you notice, within the Studebaker S/N, an upsidedown 9 is used for a 6.

05-07-2013, 06:24 PM
I thought someone may have posted something about it already. I'm not surprised it was you Gary! :)